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4001 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
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$31 to $50
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm
Lunch: Sat 10:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Tues-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
Brunch: Sun 10:00am-3:00pm
*Reservations are available for dinner service only.
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Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Muni: N-Judah, 46th Ave. stop; Bus: #18, 46th Ave. stop.
A word from Outerlands
Locally sourced, organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.
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This is a beautiful wood-paneled
restaurant in the sleepy Outer Sunset neighborhood just minutes from Ocean Beach. Their food knocks it out of the park with high quality ingredients, small but reasonable filling portions, and most importantly great taste. We have gone several times and would have booked our wedding reception there, if possible, for the fantastic food and ambience except they were planning for their restaurant expansion/renovation. As part of that, we had their tasting menu event several days ago including their famous in-house Levain toast (now they're making their own butter?!) as well as a melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked leg of lamb and wonderfully creamy risotto-type dish with truffles and root veggies. Yum."
Dined on 12/27/2013
Too cold if you sit by the door.
They should really invest in a curtain..."
Dined on 12/20/2013
Limited menu. Not food friendly
for a finicky eater, I had the soup and duck ragout which were very good but others at our table had the crab & scallop stew which was tasteless and the pork belly which was just OK. Bread and butter were of course delicious. My special cocktail made with rum had a very medicinal taste which was not pleasant. Should have gotten something else!!! For all the raving I have heard about this place, I was very disappointed. Maybe lunch is better!!!"
Dined on 12/19/2013
As a relatively satisfied brunch
customer of Outerlands, I figured I'd try their dinner. Well, nothing about the experience left a good taste in my mouth (the food especially). From the lack of apology for the 30-minute wait after our reservation time (which we would have been fined $50 for missing, by the way), to the flavorless roasted sunchokes that tasted "like a paper bag" (-my girlfriend), to the eight-dollar toast with two tiny slces of mediocre cheese, to the mealy cavatappi, to the overcooked duck, to the aloof and unhelpful service staff (10 min to acknowledge us upon walking in; 8 min to get honey for tea i'd ordered), to our gross table between a dishwashing station and high chair storage, everything was a complete mess. AVOID."
Dined on 12/17/2013
The flavors were delicious and I
loved the rustic decor. A real find."
Dined on 12/17/2013
This is one of my favorites of
S.F. The food is really outstanding and original,"
Dined on 12/12/2013
The food is excellent, as is the
service. Cocktails were heavenly. The glitch: no heat on in the restaurants. We were given blankets for our legs ( not good....but only choice). I will recommend restaurant for warm days only."
Dined on 12/10/2013
Outerlands epitomes what San
Francisco is all about --a local (neighborhood) place with great food that's organic, wholesome and fresh. It's a hip place without being pretentious. I've introduced many friends to the restaurant (and they've all loved the food) . One drawback is that the restaurant can be very cold (I know it's by the beach but really) . If they double in size through the projected expansion next door, they better hire another chef or two. This is not a fast food place. We had the octopus and sunchokes as appetizers. For dinner we had the duck, seafood stew, pork chop, and congee. All very tasty though pork chop looked the best. For dessert --OMG --the monkeybread with salted caramel sauce!!!"
Dined on 12/10/2013
Based on positive feedback from
friends on their Outerlands experience, we were really looking forward to our first time there. Unfortunately our experience turned out somewhat different from that of our friends. The service was fine but the food was not on par with the service. We were two couples and all four of us rated the food experience as marginal at best. Perhaps they were having a bad night, so our intention is to give them another chance."
Dined on 12/7/2013
A gem in an unusual spot, go for
it you will not be disappointed."
Dined on 11/30/2013
What a great place. And the food
is remarkable. The turnip soup was lovely. Carmelized sunchokes were beyond wonderful. And the seafood stew was perfect."
Dined on 11/23/2013
I think I dreamt about the
sunchokes, they were that good. The soup was also a winner - a good-size portion, amazing flavors and warm on a cold outer sunset night. The bread is a must - try it with one of the cheese. The only downside to Outerlands is that the wines by the glass are mediocre at best. Opt for beer or cocktails, though and you'll have an incredible experience overall. I wish they didn't ask for a credit card to hold the a reservation. Parking is sometimes a bit tough but we've always had good luck one block over on Kirkham. We'll definitely be back."
Dined on 11/15/2013
We were rushed between our
appetizer and main course. It was intense and not relaxing, not the kind of experience I was seeking. Perhaps it's because we chose an early seating. It made sense to do so after watching the sun go down on beautiful Funston Beach."
Dined on 11/13/2013
both the duck and pork were a
little tough the night we had dinner."
Dined on 11/9/2013
Amazing!!! Food was creative, and
flavorful with nice sized portions. Cocktails are delicious and inventive and the ambience is very comforting and relaxed. I can't wait to go back! Food was SO good."
Dined on 10/30/2013
It was a bit of a haul to Sunset
from the City, but it was worth every Duck, Octopus, Black Cod bite of it."
Dined on 10/26/2013
We went for my husband's
birthday--we both thought of Outerlands right away. We wanted (and got) great food that was genuinely prepared and served by people who cared about the food as more than sustenance. This may sound airy-fairy but it's true; I felt we were being nourished. We had the duck breast (the largest I've ever had in a restaurant) and accompanied it with the green beans. The flavors were complex but not overwrought. For dessert we had the monkeybread which had fresh Asian pears, toasted almonds, coconut, and cream. It was sublime and delightful. The setting is a funky, plain vibe and suits the food and the Sunset neighborhood."
Dined on 10/22/2013
Service slow; restaurant cold,
door wide open and our table right in line of draft. I'm never cold, had to leave jacket on. hostess said no other table available; said she'd close door but would need to reopen in a few mins; kitchen gets stuffy. would have left but was being hosted by companion; they did leave the door closed. table opened up farther from door soon, hostess seated other party of 2. slow service continued. we had tomato soup-excellent. I had pork loin-tough; companion had duck-delicious; sauces very good; side dish of sunflower buds were interesting but dry. wines were very good-server able to help with pairings. coffee extremely weak; server said it wasn't possible to make stronger pot of decaf-beans too mild"
Dined on 10/13/2013
We started with awesome cocktails
& spot on appetizers. Kale salad, uni, & the tomato soup ( which wasn't hot ) were all executed well. The entrees included Cod and Pork. The cod was bland & the corn fritters that accompanied the fish were luke warm. The pork was overcooked so you lost the juiciness that pork delivers. The flavor profiles were good but with the meat being tough it was hard to enjoy. We had a fancy rice pudding that had their version of a homemade rice crispy in it. The crunch was good but the flavors were muted. Overall, I wouldn't rush back for dinner. The service was adequate but nothing to write home about. To come out to 45th Ave and wait in the lines that this places demands the food need to be elevated a few notches."
Dined on 10/12/2013
Outerlands has a warm interior
made of wood creatively utilized as a decorative form. It feels like you are dining in a far off forest somewhere in Scandinavia rather than a beach community on the outer lying area of San Francisco. The food is impeccably prepared displaying an interesting combination of unique flavors. The service is knowledgeable, warm, and unpretentious. I would highly recommend this restaurant for an intimate date, catching up with an old friend, and trying out some new flavors."
Dined on 10/12/2013
Food was DELICIOUS...beautiful
presentation...the bread was absolutely heavenly."
Dined on 10/10/2013
We made a reservation to celebrate
our 10th wedding anniversary at Outerlands and requested a window table when reserving, mentioning our special occassion. In addition to not getting a window table, despite being the first ones there and on time for our reservation, there was no acknowledgement of our request. The food was adequate, not as good as we recall it being previous times. The lack of concern for our request, the high prices, and the attitude of the staff at Outerlands have moved this restaurant on to our 'never again' list."
Dined on 10/5/2013
I would've given Outerlands 4
stars had we not ordered the pork loin entree, which was about the consistency of a leather shoe. It being the leanest cut, it's got to be handled with care so that it doesn't get tough. Perhaps a momentary lapse? And yet that's all it took to ruin the meat. A shame too considering the fairly steep price tag. Yes, we did enjoy the rest of our meal but shouldn't everything come out well-made considering the reputation Outerlands has built itself on coupled with the amount of money we paid for our meal? I'd say so ..."
Dined on 10/2/2013
The food was good as expected. But
I was quite impressed with the wine list. They carried wines and varietals such as Jacquere from the Savoie and Savagnin from the Jura in France. If you never tried these wines it's time to get adventurous."
Dined on 8/24/2013
Outerlands is a rare treat-
amazing food presented in a simple, but comforting space. Fantastic cocktails come from a tiny bear while wholesome toast slices are topped with rich cheeses. The duck was perfect, the octopus was light and flavorful and the service was fantastic. I hesitate to say it's a must visit, only because I don't want it to lose its simple magic."
Dined on 9/26/2013
We ordered a salad, two entrees
and two desserts. The tomato salad was interesting to eat, lots of flavors and textures. Our salmon entree was all bad. Super fishy tasting salmon & the plate was underwhelming. Our pork tenderloin was AHMAZING! Delicious enough to literally shower in it. Both desserts were just ok. The cashew cake tasted burnt and the quince on the walnut pecan tart wasn't ripe. So by combining the peaches on the cashew cake plate with the walnut pecan tart we had a delicious dessert! Our server, Rose, was very professional & attentive. She alone is worth going back for. Give her a raise."
Dined on 9/21/2013
I had heard good things about this
restaurant but left rather disappointed. First off, I was surprised, given the prices, at the casual, almost coffee house look of the place. Many dishes fell short. The best dish was the lamb shoulder- delicious and flavorful . The octopus was good but pricey ($17) for an appetizer. The halibut tartare appetizer was disappointing - dry and tasteless. Tomato soup - ordinary.The dashi sea urchin appetizer was very odd, really not to our taste and we left most of it on the plate. Service was good but different servers delivered different dishes and their descriptions of the maybe too many components of most dishes was rushed and hard to hear. We decided against ordering dessert. I'm not sure I would return."
Dined on 9/20/2013
I had 3 courses and one side dish.
I would rate them from good to very good when it comes to taste. For 2 dishes the presentation was only fair but for the other two it was very good maybe even excellent. It's a small place and I'm sure the all the staff front and back of house does what they can given the limitations. I knew going in that this was not a cheap restaurant but still it was a pretty big bill at the end of the night. Service was very good but getting our second glass of wine took too long. So we lingered uninterrupted & enjoy the wine. (Nice for us but this doesn't help them turn tables and I know there were people waiting.) One BIG PLUS given the cost -- no charge for splitting dishes! Excellent."
Dined on 9/18/2013
A superb dining
experience--excellent food, wine, and service. I have eaten at Outlanders 3 times now, and each time have had a different and imaginative menu. Very creative chef and food is fresh and imaginatively presented. Great bread and butter! And I appreciate being able to make a reservation and not have to stand outside in the cold!"
Dined on 8/29/2013
Don't miss this gem. Service
great, friendly staff and food fresh and great quality. Creative dishes!"
Dined on 8/28/2013
Outerlands was a gem. Having dined
at some of the "better" restaurants in San Francisco, it was nice to find this place which was far from the main downtown area. We came to San Francisco with friends and they were leery that we were traveling so far from the downtown area to get to this restaurant in the outer Sunset but the effort was worth it and our experience was amazing. Several times the statement of this was one of the best meals we have ever had in San Francisco echoed in our crowd. We were seated by the door and it was a bit drafty but with croqueted throws we were most comfortable. Innovate, creative, delicious food. Definitely worth the effort to get here."
Dined on 8/24/2013
A birthday dinner for my best
friend and I with our friends and spouses--service was painfully slow (even with my favorite people as companions) and the food was underwhelming. Perhaps due to the buildup I had much higher expectations, but we won't be going back."
Dined on 8/18/2013
I've always loved this restaurant,
and touted it as my favorite restaurant in SF. I hadn't been in since January, and decided to take a friend who just moved back from NYC. The food was underwhelming this go around We had a special hamachi, that really needed some salt to provide some flavor. The kale salad was fresh, but unremarkable. We then had the farm egg dish and the octopus. I will say - the octopus was awesome, and was totally what I would expect for this restaurant. The farm egg, which I've had before although I know the ingredients change, was just disappointing. We finished with the heirloom tomato cream puff dessert - the one that actually sounded the least appealing but our server swore was awesome. And it was."
Dined on 8/16/2013
You won't regret the trek out to
The Avenues, I promise."
Dined on 8/17/2013
Wonderful, fresh ingredients put
together in original ways. Some items much more memorable than others. Lovely staff - especially the hostess - what a personality - we were seated near where she greeted the guests. There was no problem that she did not solve - everyone seemed content even when she could not seat them."
Dined on 8/16/2013
Great food, great service, great
venue. And now they take reservations for dinner!"
Dined on 8/16/2013
I've never been so inclined to
deconstruct a plate as much as I was at Outerlands. Every dish was loaded with so many things it was hard to enjoy. Even aesthetically the plates were so busy with a heavy hand of pinenuts, flowers and other unnecessary garnishments. I would highly recommend the chefs consider editing in a huge way."
Dined on 8/15/2013
Stopped back to visit Outerlands
in my old neighborhood... Food was great as usual - the squid dish and carrot and kale salad were my favorite items. The one main dish we ordered (lobster mushrooms?) was a bit overly complex - too many flavors all at once, but still tasty. The bread was as delicious as I remembered it so definitely get the toast! The place is still busy but does accept reservations now so that's your best bet to avoid a 1-hour wait outside (small dining area means no waiting spot or bar to hang out at). Definitely a cozy ambiance and they cannot cater to large groups so your family reunion may need to try elsewhere. However, for a romantic date night - your foodie significant other will be head over heels!"
Dined on 8/14/2013
The food was fair to good . The
presentation was fine. The wine was so overpriced and mediocre. However, service was very good and while I do not plan to return, I don't regret going."
Dined on 8/14/2013
We were quite disappointed. The
menu was limited in size and particularly poor for non-meat eaters. My vegetarian choices were a bowl of soup and a small dish of squash. The portions were small with very "precious" touches of unusual ingredients that added little to the experience. I don't understand how or why a restaurant with such high prices has the gall to charge $4.00 for simple bread and a small quantity of butter on a bill that exceeded $150 for four people! We do not recommend this restaurant because of the high prices, small quantities, snobby receptionist and limited choices."
Dined on 8/8/2013
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